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A Personal Quest

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11 Iunie 2014

Dear Friends

OK.  Its high time to come out of the closet:

For 2015, my wife Geanina and I have been planning to take two months off to take the walk to Compostella, or more precisely to Finistera in Spain.   It turns out that to achieve this walk in the traditional way, it will take us closer to three months. Indeed, the tradition stipulates that one starts the walking pilgrimage from where one lives, and we mostly live in Paris;  (For those who don't know about the walk: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/868 We plan on a rate of about 25 kilometers per day. Considering the length of the trip, we decided to walk from our home to the Pyrenees in 2005, and then walk the second Spanish half in 2016.  That plan will allow for a little less than 45 days of hiking on medieval European pathways for each leg (so to speak) of the complete trip.

This project has been in my heart and soul for a number of years.  It is now also in my mind, in a more active planning stage. We have been gradually buying appropriate hiking equipment, reading up, and getting physically ready in sweat shops and by going on regular long walks wherever we happen to be. 

As I am preparing for this quest I am already realizing that whenever I have had an important personal project, my internal and material preparation has always provoked deep preliminary internal changes.  I can also feel that the after-effects of this age-old quest will probably keep emerging for a long time after we will be done, and that will be after May 2016.  Today, however, we still have ten months before we really kick it off!

So now you know!


 
Crypt by Gaudi close to Barcelona (above)

Professional Consequences

Obviously, my ongoing professional coach life will consequently need to be totally reconceived, reengineered, rescheduled and restructured for the next two years.  This reshuffling has already started.  So my coach-training work in Romania, France, and Latin America will be organized accordingly. 

Our next Bucharest systemic coaching training program for managers and coaches will be launched this September to end December 2014: http://www.metasysteme-coaching.ro/romana/dates-prices-and-registration/?PHPSESSID=f1c9759f5fcecaa325e80d3a5c457223  This is a very practical, full nine training days on the core systemic coaching tools and presence. Actually, this is the best coach training program in Romania.  The frame of reference is presented in my e-book available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.fr/MASTERFUL-SYSTEMIC-COACHING-Alain-Cardon-ebook/dp/B00JHKRJ26.   Around this core program, complementary two-day workshops specifically focused on team and organizational coaching will also be offered over the coming year, starting with the Breakthrough workshop programmed for October 16-17, 2014. Registrations also on: http://www.metasysteme-coaching.ro/romana/dates-prices-and-registration/?PHPSESSID=f1c9759f5fcecaa325e80d3a5c457223

The Fundamental program represents a total of nine days, two to three days monthly.  It aims to continue building the Romanian community of systemic coaches trained to the Metasysteme frame of reference and whole range of practical tools.  This program is also ACSTH-validated by the ICF.  It prepares participants to become powerful PCC and MCC–level professionals, not to mention ACCs. 

For the systemic coaching communities in other countries, the same training program will continue to be available in French in Paris, France: http://www.metasysteme-coaching.fr/francais/tarifs-dates-et-inscriptions/  and in English and Spanish in Mexico City: http://expandiendo.com/coaching/certificaciones/systemic-fundamentals/ Over the coming years, we are planning now to offer the same intensive training in other cities in North and South America, so keep in touch, and please support us by keeping your international network in the loop. Easy registrations through the Metasysteme websites.

Available Resources

Many more short videos on systemic coaching as conceived and developed by Metasysteme Coaching will soon be available on my Youtube channel. The interviews are by Dana Maria Andrei.  Do not hesitate to register on my channel and view videos that are already posted there.  Don't miss the popular one on "the power silence in coaching": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suDUjpPrvIw&list=PLul7g3zvXpWKS8VoT42J_rZ95whppLMja. These videos illustrate the type of coach focus that is needed to develop a truly systemic coach presence and awareness.  On the same general subject and if you have not already done so, you may want to read my latest article on coach vulnerability on: http://www.metasysteme-coaching.eu/english/authentic-vulnerabilty-in-systemic-coaching/  Also, I have recently written an article on "Dependency in the workplace" for Manager Express (monthly magazine) that you may want to read next month.

I will accelerate some of my other professional projects (teasing) in order to finalize them before our first shared pilgrimage programmed for April and May 2015.  Of course, some projects may also be put on the back burner and some coach trainings may be postponed in order to make time-space in our very active lives.  Having planned this voyage sufficiently ahead of time, however, I will arrange to organize ample availability for my faithful corporate clients.

To Conclude

AND I will become a grandfather again this coming December 2014!  AND I will also become TWICE a grand uncle in the next eight months!  Is this generational push linked to our above-mentioned pilgrimage-quest in any way?  That is no doubt a question to muse about over the coming years.  In the meantime, may you all have an excellent summer.  And thank you again for your faithful support and presence here.

Coachingly yours,

Alain